We know that Lee High School will become L.E.E. high school, no longer named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Instead, it will be an acronym for Legacy of Educational Excellence. But what we still don't know is how much the change will cost taxpayers.
Also, does the name change actually satisfy anyone?
“At this point we don’t have a dollar amount. We’ve been working to gather information, inventory at the school. You know, it’s 647,000 square feet, so there is a lot of inventory,” said NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor, who added that collecting inventory could take weeks.
It’s not hard to see why the effort will be so time-consuming. From the marquee sign to the athletics facility, the name Robert E. Lee can be found pretty much everywhere.
District board members said that part of their decision process for the new name is being able to minimize cost to taxpayers. For example, the football uniforms will need to be changed, but maybe not the football field. The district anticipates the artificial turf might be able to be salvaged.
The district also said that students and parents will be allowed to wear clothing and gear they already own.
“If somebody has a Robert E. Lee t-shirt that they want to wear next year, if somebody has a letterman’s jacket, we understand those things are expensive," Chancellor said. "They are welcomed to wear any type of shirt that they would want as long as it does not have the Confederate flag on it."
And really, less than 24 hours after the announcement of the new name, there appeared to be less talk about the cost associated with the change, but rather the lack of change. On the NEISD Facebook page, Linda Ackerman said:
So y’all spent Thousands of dollars to change all paperwork and hours of debates and it's known now as LEE High School, really the same name!
Carrie Cox Pitcher wrote:
Ridiculous. Absolute waste of an opportunity to make a positive change.
Edward Travieso, who attended Lee High School and currently has children who attend the school, says that he didn't want the name to change, but said that he’s okay with the new name.
“I think it’s a good compromise,” Travieso said.
A lot of people are still wondering if the school mascot and colors will stay the same. That will be determined in the coming weeks by the district.